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will also be confirmed, although that's a bigger fight, and his remarks about israel that somehow he isn't tough enough on israel, his objection to sanctions was that they were unilateral. he now supports the current sanctions. he is certainly not antiisrael. those arguments will be put aside. he is there to cut the budget, and he's the man for the moment. he has the appetite to do that. >> so this prospective appointment is bypassing wall street. is that good play by obama? >> well, in the first four years of the -- of his administration, the first term, his great job was to keep the financial sector from collapsing. so he had someone intimately familiar in tim geithner with wall street. in the second four years his great job is balancing fiscal issues, and he has in jack lew somebody who, as eleanor said, knows the budget up and down, tremendous respect, a great negotiator. keep in mind, jack lew is something that people don't understand. he is a liberal fiscal hawk. he's a liberal deficit hawk. he's got very strong views on the safety net and funding of government but he really does b
of the coming death, burial and resurrection of israel's messiah. "he was the priest of (jehovah? no it doesn't say that? but what?) the most high god." now we have to realize there is only one god in scripture but there are many names for him and that confuses people. but you see, we have all these different names of god to signify a particular role in his being god. in his attributes. and so for example, when abraham was going to sacrifice isaac and god withheld him. what was in the thicket behind him? well, the ram! who put it there? god did! and i always emphasize, you see, that ram was a wild ram. he was already three days journey from where he lived, so it was not a household pet like somebody tried to tell me one time. he was three days journey from home, so that ram in the thicket was not the family pet, it was a wild one. but, did abraham and isaac have any trouble getting that animal on the altar? none. why? it was provided and it was docile. and it was a willing sacrifice. they didn't have to struggle with it and consequently what did abraham call the place? jehovah-jireh which sim
. >> this is an in your face for those who support israel. >> he has consistently opposed sanctions over and over again. >> john: always great to hear lindsey graham talk about taking it in the face. and the neo-con echo chamber is adding to the clamor, as in this ad. >> president obama secretary of state chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> john: and really when was bill kristol really wrong about anything. and another stumble on the way to the pentagon was his lgbt rights. he rejected james hormel to be ambassador to luxembourg with frankly offensive comments. hagel told a local newspaper i'm quoting ambassadorial posts are sensitive. they're representing america. they're representing our lifestyles values and standards, and i think it's an inhibiting factor to be openly, aggressively gay like mr. hormel to do a better job. this was the late 90s and toxic homophobia was very common common, hagel has apologized for those remarks and said as secretary of defense he will support open service and lgbt military families. now the log cabin republicans the lgbt gay advocacy group did not seem too im
of those. ashley: economic growth israel seems to be slowing down, so it is being done to turn it around especially with the election on the way and turmoil in the region? coming up, israel's minister of finance. he just had a meeting with treasury secretary tim geithner. it'll be interesting to see what he had to say. sandra: and liz claman live in las vegas getting us a glimpse of tomorrow's tech today. liz: how many of you all out there watching watch youtube videos and say i have to show that to someone? i want to show it on my television right now. panasonic with a new feature that they absolutely believe you will dump your current tv for and by panasonic. youtube to your tv. he will show it to us and it is something he absolutely feels can change behavior for television owners. we will show it to you coming up. over at panasonic. back to you. sandra: we look forward to that. shibani joshi is also at the big show in vegas and she will join us in about 15 minutes with the ceo of qualcomm, find out where he sees mobile technology heading and should know his products are in the most co
in that part of the world, israel. lou: the reason we continue to fund this government, to, to continue the policies of which egypt is simply a part, libya as well, the distance from which we have remained from events in syria, without a clear-cut policy, what are your thoughts? >> well, the syrian situation has now become much more serious simply because we now have evidence that the assad regime is moving the precursors and chemical agents to places we may not be able to deal with. nato took a look at it today, lou and said nato will do something about it. as you and i donate toe is toothless to do anything about it without the united states. and it could take upwards of above 50,000 troops to secure those chemical munitions, weapons of mass destruction that threaten not only the people inside syria but also the neighborhood to include turkey. thus the need for those, patriot missiles coming over. lou: right. are you surprised that we're sending patriot missiles, defense systems to, to the turks? >> no. in fact this has been hanging fire in brussels now for some months. the turks have
hagel's record is troubling on the nation of israel and not a friend to israel and in my view the united states should stand unshakable to israel and he is consistent with weakness with respect to the enemies and nation of iran. opposing sanctions over and over . the job of the secretary of defense is to be a serious credible strength and deterrent and unfortunately, i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict, because bullies don't respect weakness. >> john: what is the problem with hagel on the respect of israel. >> guest: on israel he repeatedly opposed israel and placed all of the blame on israel in dispute after dispute and in fact publicly said u.s. policy is dependent on what he called the israel lobby that is a term that doesn't reflect the realities of the strong national security interest in maintaining that alliance. >> john: that statement was to aaron david miller former u.s. diplomat. here's what he said to david aaron miller regarding israel. much too promised land. he said that people in capitol hill and i am paraphrasing here. people on capitol hill are a
and economic thinkers, the author of the israel test and new addition today. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. cs. i think rationally so. we are faced with economic calamity if our politics don't work here. what would you put the odds at thatusy rationality and effectiveness reemerge from washington, d.c., on the fiscal clif >> zero. lou: i thoht that. >> if we can keep the current tax rates, we would continue to increase government revenue. increasing 26% under the bush tax rates over the last two years. over the last two years, government revenues have risen 26%, almost a quarter using the buss tax rates. low tax rates bring more revenues, not less revenues. lou: do you interpret all of the drama to be a lack of faith? in front of the growth model that has been demonstrated, you point out, over the past two years. they are really saying the economy cannot grow fast enough to support the government. we will not see revenue increase unless we raise taxes. >> that is correct. the pre-verse thing is you don't get growth if you raise tax rates. in california and several other states t
recently, in 2010, playing a key role in managing israel's overt and covert campaign against iran's nuclear enrichment program. ladies and gentlemen, major general retired amos yadler. [applause] now, let's get out on the stage the equally formidable duo who will be arguing against tonight's resolution, be it resolved, the world cannot tolerate an iran with nuclear weapons capability, vali nasser and fareed zukaria. [applause] dean vali nasser leads john's hopkins university prestigious school of university international studies, born in tehran, one of the world's top experts on the political and social developments of iran and the author of two best-selling books on iran and sits on the state department's influential foreign affairs policy board and has served as a senior adviser as recently as 2011 for afghanistan and pakistan to the late richard holbrooke, former munk debater. ladies and gentlemen, dean vali nasser. [applause] when you think of provocative conversation on a big foreign policy challenges of the day, you have to think about our next debater. his flagship global affairs ove
senator, just came out in support of chuck hagel. >> right. >> but there are a bunch of democratic pro-israel leaders like chuck schumer, bob casey, frank lautenberg, carl levin who have yet to weigh in and might have some concerns and bob menendez, the proor the anti-iran hawk. talk about their concerns right now. >> i have looked hard at the statements on the internet and the blogs and what he's said. chuck hagel said my first obligation is to the united states. i took an oath of office to defend the united states constitution. that doesn't mean he's anti-israeli. i have israeli friends, i support the israeli nation and defending themselves. however, break dot-dot, you know, you have to look at what's best for this nation first and how that's anti-semitic i don't know and that's the issue as far as i can tell regarding the rhetoric of hagel. >> john, another issue of particular of those like me on the left is hagel's comments that he made back in 1998 opposing president clinton's ambassador or nominee to be ambassador calling him openly aggressively gay and recently apologized for the comme
. why doesn't he moved to israel and joined the knesset because many of us don't feel like he feels about israel and their politicians should not have to be vetted by a coward like lieberman or lindsey graham. host: why are you calling them a coward? caller: it is all about israel to these clowns and i am sick of it. we give these people $3 billion per year and all they do is give us guff. that is why. host: we are taking your phone calls this morning. about foreign policy challenges in 2013. this is the opening section of "usa today" - >there are other stories in noting that the former senator, chuck hagel, when he was in office, approved about $38 billion in aid for the jewish state along with multiple trips to beat -- to meet with leaders there. that is a little bit of background on chuck hagel. david, indianapolis, democratic caller -- caller: good morning. i wanted to comment on the changes in the foreign policy that we will see. i agree with the last speaker, i believe the israelis need to be rained down. these guys used hawks, they elect hawks to take over their government an
of entertainment. but as new york congressman steve israel said today more federal and state actions are needed too. >> if those weapons can permeate new york's borders, it makes it tougher. >> john: for more, i'm now joined by a key figure in the guns debate, virginia democratic congressman bobby scott is the ranking member of the crime terrorism and homeland security subcommittee and vice chair of the gun violence prevention task force. he joins us this evening. what a pleasure to have you. >> thank you. >> john: sir you've talked about the need for a comprehensive approach to tackle gun violence. it sounds like you and the president agree. so what do you think of the proposals you've heard so far? >> the proposals haven't come out. they'll come out tomorrow. and we look forward to that. the vice president was making recommendations and we met with him yesterday and it is clear to me he wants some evidence-based comprehensive approach, recognizing that no one initiative can solve the problem that we saw in newtown connecticut. we need a comprehensive approach. obviously it will include some gun s
, because of his past statements on israel. schumer, i assume, will get in line. though probably not in a thrilled way, but those are the two i'm at least paying attention to. >> when chuck schumer was asked on "meet the press" we were sitting there on the set watching. it was luke warm at best. >> it's my understanding. there is a potential double digit group of senators who -- >> the door is opening now to -- >> to perform well in these courtesy -- he'll be in trouble. >> the president is now coming into the east room. we see him walking in now accompanied by leon panetta, chuck hagel, john brennan. let's listen. >> as president and commander in chief my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. over the past for you years we've met that responsibility by ending the war in iraq and beginning a transition in afghanistan, by decimating the clat core and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots and saving countless american lives. among an outstanding national security team, i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has led the cia and our
in an enrichment program nuclear programs from iran? there are two obvious choices, one is israel, one is the united states. >> you believe that the u.s. and/or israel may have been responsible for this? >> i think every piece of logic i have points to the fact that israel is the chief suspect right now, chiefly because last tuesday the day after the event i'm told important national security meetings in tehran, one involved the supreme leader, the head of the irgc and the head of quds force. and i'm told the supreme leader approved of retaliation against israel probably out of lebanon, the valley near israel is being evacuated in preparation of an action. tehran believes it was israel, i'll stay with that, larry. >> a year ago or less than a year ago, we had a power breakdown at this very same nuclear plant. do you think that was israel? >> that was mid-august 2012, yes, i do. that was on the surface. a month later, the iranians themselves admitted to that attempt to sabotage. it is the heart of the iranian suspect nuclear weapons program. it is the bargaining chip that iran brings to
policy record. >> his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republican s in the senate. >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. i expect the president to nominate people different than i would think. i'm going to vote for senator kerry. i don't agree with him a lot, but i think he's very much in the mainstream of thought. chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. he has long severed his ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> lindsey graham is saying that chuck hagel is out of the mainstrea
of israel. he has not been a friend to israel and in my view the united states should stand unshakeably with the nation of israel and he has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies. with respect to the nation of iran he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to b be a serious credible strength and deterrent and unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict because bullies don't respect weakness. the problem withb lem with hagel on the issue of israel? >> he has rehe peteedly placed all of the blame on israel in dispute after dispute and dispute and in fact publicly said u.s. policy is dependent on what he calls the israel lobby which is a pejorative term that i think does not reflect the realities of the strong u.s. national security interest in maintaining that alliance. >> that statement that he made was to aaron david miller a former u.s. diplomat. i was going to save this for the panel but maybe we could bring it up now. here is what he said regarding i israel and it was quoted in his new b
by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may
of nebraska. he questioned israel and his unwillingness to back sanctions. listen to lindsey graham yesterday at the state you of the union. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that
. some others have issues with what he said about israel. also, he started out as a supporter of the iraq war. then, he flipped on that. eventually, he came out against the troop. he also called the defense budget bloated. some question that he would be too tough on military spending. that is the next fight in washington. that deal puts off what is known as the soap quester. tte automatic spending cuts. but those cuts off for two months. congress is now going to wrestle with how exactly to replace those cuts, slow down those cuts or change those cuts. there are a number of republicans who have concerns over the former senator's record. a number of these issues have come up. we are not quite getting a firm read yet on exactly how it shakes out. there are concerns. back to you. lori: thank you. i wonder what the vegas odds are. so interesting that hagel has most of the opposition from other republican senators. agreeing to a deal with the government. a case-by-case review of foreclosures. how consumers may benefit. melissa: we will tell you when and how much it will cost you at the post off
about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up there. i'm a united states senator. i'm a united states senator. >> reporter: hagel favors direct talks with iran and as well as hamas. and he was one of two senators to vote against sanctioning iran. >> he consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of iran. he has opposed sanctions over and over again and the job of the secretary of defense is to be a serious, credible strength and deterrent and, unfortunately i think weakness in a secretary of defense invites could not flick because bulllies don't respect weakness. >> reporter: his defenders point out that chuck hagel valiantly in vietnam. he received two purple hearts there. knows what war is all about but his critics pipt out that was against the surge in iraq. he called it the biggest foreign policy mistake. he warned it would be the biggest foreign policy mistake since vietnam. obviously the surge turned out differ
an ambassador in the last four months. >> it was election night last night in israel. benjamin netanyahu re-elected but by a thin margin with less power. as you have been pointing out over and over, there they sit in the middle of a lot of this. >> they feel very isolated right now. and the message in israel, and there was a lot of apathy toward this vote but the main message is, this is about your security. you're going to vote to save your life. israel feels right now it has been surrounded by an increasingly hostile arab world. and to some degree, it's not wrong. >> richard engel, as always, good to see you. >>> now to our other big story tonight, the secretary of defense is expected to announce tomorrow that perhaps before the end of this year, women in the u.s. armed forces may begin serving in environments like this. [ gunfire ] >> we're taking heavy fire from -- [ gunfire ] >> that video, kunar province in afghanistan in '09 was actually shot by richard engel and his team. perhaps you heard his voice there. it shows infantry combat and this will be a sea change in the u.s. military p
israel or other things we are better able to effect that and negate if we are participating. and then if we cease to pay the dues and so forth to take a different attitude than we see we sort of lose the opportunity to protect our friends which we want to have the are getting close to the line that would be very damaging if there were any effort to take israel for instance or any other country, if there is any effort to try to invoke other power that is the kind of unilateral action that we would feel very, very strongly against it and see it as extremely counterproductive. my hope is that, you know, there were just elections yesterday. we don't know what kind of government will be formed or where they will go, but my prayer is that perhaps this can be a moment where we can renew some kind of effort to get the parties into a discussion to have a different track than we have been on over the course of the last couple of years. and i would like to reserve all of the capacity to be able to do that, so i'm just going to stop with what i've said, but unilateral efforts are not he
what happened at the the honduras. -- in honduras. we move to the middle east where israel has been concerned. whether they admit oit pubicly olicly or not. there were more focused on the palestinian issue but as the biggest issue in the middle east. iran, the people took to the streets as the defense of the principles we say we stand for and the president says we will not interfere in their sovereignty. that demoralized opposition. north korea announced they are developing in weapon that can reach united states. -- a weapon that can reach the united states. i think the bush administration was wrong to remove north korea from the list of states alters of terrorism. -- sponsors of terrorism. i hope we will reverse that. china and the conflict going on throughout the region during -- region. china is increasingly aggressive about their territorial claims. in their neighbors are looking to the united states as a counterbalance. a -- if the sequester goes through, what are we going to pivot with? these are the fundamental issues we face. as you sit with the president and help him form a
of of israel. meet yahir lapide. >> a new arrival on the scene is and personality lapide who leads israel. why has netanyahu lost steam? >> this is a very interesting revolution. there's no doubt but this election, in fact with the defeat for netanyahu. >> meaning what? he won the election. >> he may be the next prime minister. his party went down. >> who, yahir? >> no, netanyahu's own party went down from 42 seats to 31 seats. so his party had fewer seats. this guy came out of nowhere. his first time running for office. he got 19 seats. he became the most -- the second most important party in -- out of nowhere. so he has become the star of this thing. and netanyahu is going to have to make a deal with him. all of the politicians are splintered but it's never been like this. now netanyahu is going to have to move, if i may say so, this is now a center right. it is going to be much more pragmatic and open. >> how long is his term? >> five years, isn't it? >> it can be as much as five years but it almost never lasts five years because the coalition breaks up. >> how long do you think he will be
the main pro israel lobbying group the jewish lobby. he's gotten a lot of questions about that. also questions about what kin of sanctions against iran he has supported. he has been skeptical of unilateral sanctions and this is something the white house very much acknowledges, but they point to the fact that he supported sanzes against iran backed by a coalition. the u.s. and other countries. president obama sort of in a veiled way referred to this yesterday and his commence in the east room and he said that haggle realizes that america is strongest when it stands with its allies. i will tell you, soledad, the white house feels that although this will no doubt be a tough confirmation process, that hagel will get some really tough questions from republicans and democrats who at this point, many of them holding back on endorsely hagel, the white house and president obama feel when hagel has a chance to answer those questions, he will give good answers, convincing answers, that will get him the support he needs in the process. to that end, it was at least twice yesterday that he was urg
democrats? >> well, two categories here and the thing that wendell was talking about with pro-israel groups is a big deal. the things that he's said, he referred to the jewish lobby, which is a charged phrase when talking about groups in the united states that support israel, they're strong opposition among conservative pro-israel factions in the united states, but there's also among liberals misgiving and they want to hear from hagel, bowing and scraping and carden and others who are pro israel want to hear hagel say, i'm sorry, i shouldn't have. we may be on the verge of that great washington phrase "inartfully phrased", and then the second half, the fact that republicans dislike him more than they dislike some democrats, not just because of the israel stuff, but in 2006 and 2007 when republicans were taking an incredible amount of abuse because of what was going on in the iraq war, hagel changed his position, he had been a supporter of the war, he changed his position, came out against the war and vigorously, he was the most outspoken opponent among the republican party against the iraq
with each other. egypt has supported and lived by the peace agreement with israel. israel has taken steps to begin the -- to begin to deal with the problem of security & nine. those are vital to us and to the security of israel. they have followed through on the promise to have an election. >> to have had an election. they had a constitutional process. there was another election. other countries elect somebody that you do not agree with this not give us permission to walk away from their election. >> this has been a problem with our policy for decades. we were in favor of radical jihad because they were the enemy of our enemy. i see support for serious rebels. >> and any of the arms sales that the united states has engaged in that part of the world, there is always a test applied with respect to a qualitative difference in any of those weapons with respect to israel's defensive security. we do not sell and will not sell weapons that may upset that qualitative balance. >> if we sell them to egypt, we have to give them to israel. why don't we not give weapons to israel's enemies. that would
of the harshest criticism centering on comments about israel and quote, the jewish lobby. the american dip did low mat he made those comments to joins us minutes from now with his take on all this. >>> the deadly flu outbreak across the country, why it is so bad so early this year. new information about the flu vaccine and stats that could surprise you. news you need about your health coming up tyou wouldn't want your adoctor doing your job, hello.... so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious, like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid-related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea. call your doctor right away if you have persistent diarrhea. other serious stomach conditions may exist. don't take nexium if you take clopidogrel. let your doctor do her
. miles to go on the issue. >> turning overseas where israel made a rare military strike against one of its neighbors, syria. here is abc's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with more. >> reporter: officials say truck load of dangerous weapons were being loaded from a facility in syria and then headed for lebanon. officials say inside those trucks were sa-17s, those are very capable, mobile radar guided surface-to-air missiles. israeli war planes were launched to destroy the trucks and stop them from entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hand on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten those missiles it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel. this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria, per se. it was very much israel making a preemptive strike to protect itself. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> that's important. early reports sort of were, were suggesting that perhaps israel was
israel and iran in the past. one of the people speaking out is former mayor ed koch and he said quote quote. frankly i thought there would come a time when he would renege speaking of the president when he conveyed on his support of israel comes a little earlier than i thought it would. it's very disappointing. i believe he will ultimately regret it koch said and it undoubt ltedly will reduce support for him in the jewish community. i don't think he, the president, worries about that now that the election is over thank you may for candor. we should be concerned about this appointment because of chuck hagel's soft attitude toward iran believing we shouldn't apply sanctions we should have unconditional conversations with these terrorists and somehow if we make nice with them they won't build a bomb and point it at everybody but themselves. at the same time, while we are going soft, senator hagel has been one who has been harsh on israel. i think he has got it mixed up. at least i think so. finally a source, teacher taking fire on symbolism a little too far. here is how maggie cope pales
the bar this man has raised the bar. israel has and syria continues to massacre its own people. and egypt replaces the guy w who replaced the guy from to years ago and this is why we have to bomb iran. gym nabors is gay as he happily marries his long-time partner. no surprise, no surprise, no surprise. today is the bird of president roosevelt gene hackman and dick cheney. and 43 years ago the beatles gave their last performance. which is too bad. if they had lip-synced they might have been invited to do the super bowl. this is "viewpoint." [ ♪ music ♪ ] whether or not good evening, i'm john fugelsang. thank you so much for joining us. coming up, chaos in the middle east and a mysterious israeli airstrike. the hits one mom is taking for daring to write her kids without god. and gomer pyle is now gomer pyle lgbt. but first gun laws are being discussed behind closed doors in the senate. the senate judiciary committee did at least choose to be seen today discussing gun control. the most powerful statement on that issue came right at the start. former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords w
it stands out for this one group. >>> stand by. i want to bring in congressman steve israel who joins us right now. congressman, thanks for being here. >> good morning. >> let me start with this. even john boehner said now is the time to deal with immigration. but, you know the questions you were just talking about. is will some of your colleagues on the far right, tea partyiers, perhaps, support this path to citizenship for illegal immigrants? >> well, you know, jackie kucinich had it exactly right. this has the prospect of s success. it's all about whether house republicans are willing to stand up to the tea party base. you've got a bipartisan group of senators left and right advocating a path forward. you've got the president of the united states who will unveil his views on a path forward. what this comes down to now is will these house republicans who have pandered to their intolerant tea party base, who have fed into the extremism of that tea party base, are they willing to stand up to the tea party and do what's right for america? we'll see whether they're able to amass the votes
theoretically against israel or to help iran in some kind of action against israel. >> we're going to give lethal weapons to someone who believes that the people in israel are descendants of apes and pigs. >>brian: these f-16's aren't knockoffs. they are the cutting edge f-16's that our own pilots use full of everything that we would get here in the u.s. >>steve: that particular jet was just taking off from fort worth yesterday bound for egypt. keep in mind the billions of dollars that we give egypt in foreign aid each year, we wind up essentially accounting for 80% of their weapons procurement cost. 80% of the stuff in their arsenal, you're welcome. thank you, united states. >>brian: they are given. they are not sold. >>alisyn: some people said since morsi made questionable statements about president obama, about israel, it is time for us to stop some of that aid, particularly not sending them weapons. >>steve: we've got a busy morning to talk about all those things and so much more including a new report shows union membership hitting an all-time low. is that because they're pwrupgt our
at critics who question his support for israel. in his first interview since the president nominated him to be defense secretary, the former nebraska senator told a lincoln newspaper his record is being distorted and an accurate assessment will reveal unequivocal total support for israel. >>> and in the next hour of "early start," we'll be joined by peter beinart, correspondent for "newsweek" and the daily beast about the implications of hagel's nomination. >> a fascinating talk. >>> james holmes is expected in court today again in colorado. a police officer testified that holmes was, quote, very, very relaxed. the preliminary hearing will determine if holmes will stand trial in this case. 12 people were killed in the shooting and, of course, dozens and dozens were wounded. >>> and bells will be ringing across tucson today marking two years since the shooting that killed six and severely wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords. giffords and her husband, mark kelly, also announcing a new gun-control initiative that they are launching today. their new website, americansforresponsiblesolut
of criticism because of hagel's controversial comments about israel and iran in the past. and one of the people speaking out against the nomination is former new york city mayor ed koch he said this and i quote, frankly i thought there was a time he would renege, speaking of the president, on support of israel and comes a little earlier than i thought it would. it's very disappointing, i believe he will ultimately regret it koch said and undoubtedly reduce support for him in the jewish community i don't think that he, the president, worries about na now that the election is over. well, thank you, mayor, for your candor. the mayor's a democrat. but we should be concerned about this appointment because of chuck hagel's soft attitude toward iran, believing that we shouldn't apply sanctions, that we should have unconditional conversations these terrorists and somehow, maybe if we just make nice with them, they won't build a bomb and point it at everybody, but themselves. at the same time while we're going soft, senator hagel has been one who's been rather harsh on israel. i think he's got it mixed
is chuck hagel critics say the former republican senator is not sympathetic to israel and being too accommodating to our enemies. where does chuck hagel really stand? what is myth and what is fact? our next guest, aaron david miller, former advisor to six secretaries of state. great to see you. this whole thing is your fault. >> no good deed goes unpunished. >> gregg: explain to us it was your interview. in which he said the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. that remark led people to accuse him of being hostile to israel but in your column this week and the washington post you argue that is myth. how so? >> chuck hagel isn't a gushing zionist but he is not an enemy of the state of israel. he believes in a relationship with the jewish state and the voting record in terms of $40 billion over the years is testament to that fact. he just doesn't believe in having an exclusive relationship with the israelis and every policy they pursue is scrutinized or criticism. he is is a republican realist in the mode of george h.w. bush, james baker. more important than that, the reality is,
, the's he a pricy issue here, toby. >> there's a privacy issue a bone here and in israel going through tel aviv, it's run by the government, a semi private business though, and they have no hijackings, you get through in an instant. they use eye scans, retina scans and use technology to get people through and they're paid on that, and here they're getting paid to be slow and hey did you watch the show last night? >> and steve, steve, weigh in quickly. >> it's for your protection, like it's for your health going to the doctor's office they shouldn't privatize this and shouldn't get rid of the scanners. >> brenda: thanks, guys and thank you, steve for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> brenda: we appreciate it. with millions of americans suffering from the flu, the name that could stop it from spreading. >> does anybody else have something else i can probably use. anti-bacterial wipes perhaps?
the region, think about the interests of the neighbors. think about the interests of our friends like israel, and figure out how we come up with an equation that is workable and meets those interests. now final comment, john, i don't want to go on about it. but i didn't suggest and i don't want to suggest, nor do i believe that secretary clinton was saying that people don't care about knowing what happened. i think she's talking about the difference between what the recommending as of the a.r.b. were and implementing them and this notion that we have to go backwards. but here's what i say to to you. after 29 years here, in my 29th, i respect the prerogatives of the united states senate and the members of congress, you represent the american people, you're the other branch of government, you have the right to know what took place. and i have an obligation commensurate with the, you know, regulations and classifications and privacy and other things at play here, to help you get the answers and we'll do that. i hope we can do it in a noncontentious, appropriate way. >> thank you. could i just m
spring, iran and its relations with the whole world to include israel. what are the elements of this strategy? it assumes we will be smaller. they will be highly ready forces. we feel these must be highly ready. there's much of a no note this category are quality. that will be very important when i come back later appeared a second major item is to rebalance our forces. we are working toward rebalancing toward the asia pacific in maintaining a presence there. in rotational presence in australia, some warships nominal -- some warships in israel. we will maintain technological superior superior ordered and invest more in some high priority types of activities, cyber, a special operations. we're going to have to cut back on weapons programs. we have used this strategy to guide budget constrictions. we have worked to increase thing like cyber investment in another of under investment consistent with that strategy. we think this is the right one for the times. we also believe the current level of plant in defense spending is roughly consistent with this strategy. we hope congress
take questions. >> does the president feel like hagel needs to address his past comments on israel and iran before he can be confirmed or are those comments irrelevant to this process? >> well, today the president announced his nominees for secretary of defense and the director of the central intelligence agency and made broad comments about why the men he nominated are the right people for the jobs. there will be a process in each case where the senate reviews the nominees. the president asks the senate to move quickly because these positions are very important for the national security. i know senator hagel and john brennan look forwarded to that process and to fair hearings in both cases. it is a routine part of the exercise that nominees are asked about views on various issues. on the matters you just raised senator hagel has been a stanch supporter of israel. of the israeli-american relationship and the united states' support for israel's security throughout his career. he has always been, as demonstrated by his record, a supporter of the broad sanctions regime that this presi
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